NEW DELHI, India (26th FIBA Asia Championship): India defeated Sri Lanka 89-35 in the final of SAARC Division qualifiers of the Middle Asia qualifiers for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship on Friday and confirmed their ticket to FIBA Asia’s prestigious event.
India will thus join winners of the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup Lebanon, East Asia Champions Korea and SEABA’s Malaysia in Group A of the Preliminary Round of the 26th FIBA Asia Championship to be played at Wuhan (China) from Sept 15-25.
Earlier, Nepal beat Bangladesh 73-62 in the play-off for the third place.
India 89 (Hareesh Koroth 12, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 11, Amjyot Singh 10, Amrit Pal Singh 10, Trideep Rai 10) bt. Sri Lanka 35 (Praneeth 17). Quarter-wise: 25-2, 26-9, 22-10, 16-14.
3rd place play-off
Nepal 73 (Sadish Pradhan 24, Binod Maharajaha 21, Bipendra Maharajaha 12, Bikram Joshi 10) bt. Bangladesh 62 (Mithun Kumar Biswas 21, Md. Shamsullaman Khan Soyab 15, Md. Rasheduzzaman 11, Shre Mitun Sarker 10). Quarter-wise: 23-19, 19-14, 15-9, 16-20.